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5 Most Useful RV & Camping Gadgets That Use Drill Batteries

Using Drill Batteries for More Than Just Tools

Many of us RVers have a drill on hand for the occasional repair or DIY project.

Even though space is limited in our RV we always leave a spot for our drill, it’s come in handy more than a few times through the years.

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Our drill came with two batteries, and since we boondock a lot of the time, it felt like we could be using those batteries for more than just the occasional project that required the drill.

Turns out there are a lot of cool products out there that are made to be powered by drill batteries.

There are things like flashlights, fans, inverters, stereos, and even coffee makers that use drill batteries.

Each major power tool brand like Ryobi, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, and Milwaukee has its own version of products that can be powered using its batteries.

As you might already know, all of the different brands use different styles of batteries, and they are usually not compatible with each other.

That means if you have a Ryobi drill and batteries, you won’t be able to use Makita products.

Because of this, I’ve tried to add the version made by each major drill brand to this list.

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Drill Battery Flashlights & Lanterns

Makita DML815 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless L.E.D. Flashlight,...
Lumens
160
Rotating Head
LED
Battery Compatiblity
18V LXT
Milwaukee M18TLED-0 M18 LED Torch, Red
Lumens
120
Rotating Head
LED
Battery Compatiblity
18V (M18)
RYOBI PCL660B ONE+ 18V Cordless LED Light Flash Light (Tool Only)
Lumens
280
Rotating Head
LED
Battery Compatiblity
18V One+
DEWALT 12V MAX LED Work Light, Hand Held (DCL510) , Yellow
Product (Link)
Lumens
130
Rotating Head
LED
Battery Compatiblity
12V
Bosch GLI18V-420B 18V Lithium-Ion LED Work Light, Bare Tool
Product (Link)
Lumens
420
Rotating Head
LED
Battery Compatiblity
18V

Last update on 2022-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A flashlight is always a useful item when you are camping or spending time outdoors. Even RVers need a flashlight every now and again.

The awesome thing about these flashlights is they are powered by rechargeable drill batteries, so you don’t have to worry about keeping extra regular batteries around.

The style of flashlight in the table above is a combination of a handheld light, and a work light you can set on the ground and angle in any direction you want it.

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They all have pivoting heads that can be tilted up or down.

The lumens are different on each one, some are brighter than others, but even the weakest option is going to be bright enough for you to see what you’re doing.

Every light is LED and very efficient.

They each are powered by the corresponding brand of battery. So if you have Makita tools get the Makita version of a drill battery powered flashlight.

USB Phone Charger Adapter

Makita ADP05 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Source, Power Source...
Milwaukee 49-24-2371 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Source...
Ryobi 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator for 18-Volt Battery
DEWALT 12V/20V MAX* USB Charger, Tool Only (DCB090)
BOSCH GAA18V-24N 18V Portable Power Adapter
USB Ports
2
1
2
2
2
Amp Output
4.2 (2.1 if using both)
2.1 (1 if using both)
5 (2.4 if using both)
1.5 total (0.75 if using both)
2.4 (1.2 if using both)
Compatible Battery
18V LXT
18V (M18)
18V One+
12V or 20V MAX
18 – 24V
Charge Indicator
Other Features
Belt Clip
150 Watt Inverter w/ AC Outlet & Light
Belt Clip

Makita ADP05 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Source, Power Source...
USB Ports
2
Amp Output
4.2 (2.1 if using both)
Compatible Battery
18V LXT
Charge Indicator
Other Features
Belt Clip
Milwaukee 49-24-2371 M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Power Source...
USB Ports
1
Amp Output
2.1 (1 if using both)
Compatible Battery
18V (M18)
Charge Indicator
Ryobi 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator for 18-Volt Battery
Product (Link)
USB Ports
2
Amp Output
5 (2.4 if using both)
Compatible Battery
18V One+
Charge Indicator
Other Features
150 Watt Inverter w/ AC Outlet & Light
DEWALT 12V/20V MAX* USB Charger, Tool Only (DCB090)
USB Ports
2
Amp Output
1.5 total (0.75 if using both)
Compatible Battery
12V or 20V MAX
Charge Indicator
Other Features
BOSCH GAA18V-24N 18V Portable Power Adapter
USB Ports
2
Amp Output
2.4 (1.2 if using both)
Compatible Battery
18 – 24V
Charge Indicator
Other Features
Belt Clip

Last update on 2022-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A USB charger is useful anywhere. These adapters are used to turn drill batteries into battery banks for electronic devices.

Some are more powerful than others, but if you want a useful gadget that can charge your phone, any of these will work great.

The most advanced is the Ryobi inverter/charger.

All of the other major power tool brands only make USB adapters, but Ryobi has taken it a step further and added an AC wall outlet with a 150 watt output to theirs.

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One thing to note about the Ryobi is it works best with larger drill batteries, like the 6 or 9 amp hour ones.

The smaller options won’t be able to output nearly as much power and the only one truly capable of outputting the full 150 watts is the 9 amp hour battery.

But the AC outlet is very handy for running or charging electronics that don’t require a lot of power.

If you don’t want the inverter version, Ryobi also makes a regular power source (click to view on Amazon) with 2 USB ports and no inverter.

Portable Fans

Makita DCF102Z 18V LXT Fan, 7-1/8'
Milwaukee 0886-20 M18 18V Cordless Jobsite Fan (Bare Tool)
Ryobi P3320 18 Volt Hybrid One+ Battery or AC Powered Adjustable...
DEWALT 20V MAX* Jobsite Fan, Tool Only (DCE512B)
Fan Size
7 1/8 inches
7 inches
7 inches
7 inches
Compatible Battery
18V LXT
18V (M18)
18V One+
20V MAX
Fan Speeds
3
3
2
Variable (Turn Knob)
Timer
Tilting Head
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
Battery or AC Powered

Makita DCF102Z 18V LXT Fan, 7-1/8'
Product (Link)
Fan Size
7 1/8 inches
Compatible Battery
18V LXT
Fan Speeds
3
Timer
Tilting Head
Milwaukee 0886-20 M18 18V Cordless Jobsite Fan (Bare Tool)
Product (Link)
Fan Size
7 inches
Compatible Battery
18V (M18)
Fan Speeds
3
Timer
Tilting Head
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
Ryobi P3320 18 Volt Hybrid One+ Battery or AC Powered Adjustable...
Product (Link)
Fan Size
7 inches
Compatible Battery
18V One+
Fan Speeds
2
Timer
Tilting Head
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
DEWALT 20V MAX* Jobsite Fan, Tool Only (DCE512B)
Product (Link)
Fan Size
7 inches
Compatible Battery
20V MAX
Fan Speeds
Variable (Turn Knob)
Timer
Tilting Head

Last update on 2022-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Sometimes a fan to get the air moving is all you need to feel more comfortable when camping in hot weather.

A small portable fan can also be useful when using a propane heater in cold weather. It can be used to move the hot air from the heater so it spreads out inside your RV or tent.

These drill battery powered fans are all portable and powerful.

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The Milwaukee and Ryobi versions can be powered with a drill battery or be plugged into a wall outlet.

The fan you can get mostly depends on the brand of drill batteries you have, but each company has standard portable fan that’s perfect for RVing and camping.

No matter which one you end up with, a portable fan is a great gadget that can be useful anywhere.

Cordless Vacuum

Makita XLC02ZB 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum, Tool Only
Milwaukee 0882-20 M18 Lithium Ion Cordless Compact 40 CFM Hand Held...
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ EverCharge Stick Vacuum Cleaner (1)
DEWALT 20V Vacuum, Cordless Handheld Vacuum, HEPA, Battery Not...
Bosch GAS 18V-1 Professional Cordless Vacuum Cleaner / Cleaning...
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
18V LXT
18V (M18)
18V One+
20V MAX
18V
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Floor & Crevice Nozzles

Makita XLC02ZB 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum, Tool Only
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
18V LXT
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Other Size Options
Milwaukee 0882-20 M18 Lithium Ion Cordless Compact 40 CFM Hand Held...
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
18V (M18)
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ EverCharge Stick Vacuum Cleaner (1)
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
18V One+
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Other Size Options
DEWALT 20V Vacuum, Cordless Handheld Vacuum, HEPA, Battery Not...
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
20V MAX
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Other Size Options
Bosch GAS 18V-1 Professional Cordless Vacuum Cleaner / Cleaning...
Product (Link)
Bagless
Handheld
Stick Accessory
Battery Compatibility
18V
Other Accessories
Floor & Crevice Nozzles
Other Size Options

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We’ve heard of rechargeable handheld vacuums, but have you ever tried a vacuum that uses a drill battery for power?

The concept is actually genius.

bosch portable cordless vacuum that's powered using drill batteries
Bosch cordless vacuum that’s powered by drill batteries.

One of the biggest complaints about battery-powered cordless vacuums is that the battery eventually wears out and won’t hold a charge anymore.

With a drill battery powered vacuum an old worn out battery won’t be a concern anymore since it’s completely removable.

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Portable Outdoor Radio/Speaker

Makita XRM09B 18V LXT / 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Bluetooth Job...
Milwaukee 2890-20 18V Dual Chemistry M18 Jobsite Radio with Shock...
18V ONE+™ Hybrid STEREO WITH BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
DEWALT 12V/20V MAX* Portable Radio, Bluetooth, Cordless, Jobsite, Tool...
BOSCH GPB18V-2CN 18V Compact Jobsite Radio with Bluetooth® 5.0 ,...
Battery Compatibility
18V LXT or 12V CXT
18V (M18)
18V One+
12V or 20V
18V
Radio Tuners
FM Only
AM/FM
AM/FM
AM/FM
AM/FM
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
Battery or AC Powered
Battery or AC Powered
Battery or AC Powered
Battery or AC Powered

Makita XRM09B 18V LXT / 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Bluetooth Job...
Battery Compatibility
18V LXT or 12V CXT
Radio Tuners
FM Only
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
Milwaukee 2890-20 18V Dual Chemistry M18 Jobsite Radio with Shock...
Battery Compatibility
18V (M18)
Radio Tuners
AM/FM
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
18V ONE+™ Hybrid STEREO WITH BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Product (Link)
Battery Compatibility
18V One+
Radio Tuners
AM/FM
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
DEWALT 12V/20V MAX* Portable Radio, Bluetooth, Cordless, Jobsite, Tool...
Product (Link)
Battery Compatibility
12V or 20V
Radio Tuners
AM/FM
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered
BOSCH GPB18V-2CN 18V Compact Jobsite Radio with Bluetooth® 5.0 ,...
Product (Link)
Battery Compatibility
18V
Radio Tuners
AM/FM
Bluetooth
Aux Port
Clock
Alarm
USB Port
Other Features
Battery or AC Powered

Last update on 2022-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

There are a lot of portable outdoor speakers out there, but many of them don’t have built in radios.

Many power tool companies make excellent portable radios that use drill batteries for power.

They are very durable and usually have Bluetooth, so you can use them as either a regular radio or connect them to your phone.

One benefit to the radio is you can listen to music outside without having to mess with your phone.

It’s also great for emergency situations when tuning into an emergency radio station is crucial.

See Also: Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Compared & Reviewed

All of the drill battery powered speakers in the table above are both speakers and FM radios.

Most can connect to your phone via Bluetooth or AUX input, but the Milwaukee brand doesn’t have Bluetooth so you have to use the AUX port to play music from your phone.

Many have just radio and just Bluetooth speaker options available as well.

Note that these are the portable options that don’t have drill battery chargers built in even though many of them can also be AC powered.

Other Drill Battery Gadgets For Camping & RV

Here are some other cool drill battery powered gadgets that are good for travel, RVing, camping, and emergency use.

Makita Cordless Coffee Maker

Makita DCM501Z 18V LXT® / 12V max CXT® Lithium-Ion Cordless Coffee...

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Makita makes the coolest gadgets that can be powered with 18 or 12 volt Makita drill batteries.

So far, they are the only ones who are making a portable coffee maker.

One thing to consider about this cool coffee brewing machine is that it’s not going to be exactly like your coffee maker at home.

12 volt coffee makers are always a lot slower at brewing, but they still make excellent coffee.

You can use either 12V CXT or 18V LXT Makita batteries, and you only need one to power the coffee maker.

When using the more powerful 18V LXT battery it takes around 5 minutes to brew just one cup of coffee.

For a regular coffee maker that’s forever, but for a portable battery powered option, that’s actually not bad.

If you’ve ever used a 12 volt coffee maker that plugs into a cigarette lighter, like this one (click to view on Amazon) it can take a long time to get just one cup of coffee.

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One 5ah 18V battery can make around three 5 oz. cups of coffee.

Maybe it’s not the most efficient machine, but sometimes a fresh cup of coffee is worth using a little extra battery power.

This isn’t a regular drip coffee maker either, it’s a more compact pod style coffee maker, which means there is no large tray for a coffee filter.

It doesn’t use K-cups either. Instead, it uses coffee pods.

Coffee pods (click to view on Amazon) are a lot like tea bags, but with coffee inside.

They are super easy to use, make transporting coffee much easier, there’s no mess to clean up, and they’re pretty budget friendly.

Included with the Makita Cordless Coffee Maker is a metal Makita cup that fits perfectly underneath the coffee spout.

The design is very compact and portable with a handle on top you can carry it around with.

There’s also a sensor built in to stop the machine from brewing if it runs out of water.

If you are a coffee lover who wants an easy way to brew a fresh hot cup of coffee anywhere, the Makita is not only the best but the only drill battery powered option.


Makita Portable Cooler

Makita DCW180Z 18V X2 LXT® Lithium-Ion, 12V/24V DC Auto, and AC...

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Makita is the winner when it comes to the number of gadgets made that can be powered using their batteries.

This portable cooler can be powered using 1 or 2 18V LXT batteries for ultimate portability.

It can also be powered using an included 12 volt plug or an AC power cord.

This is mostly intended for use as a cooler. It has 4 cooling modes for 15, 30, 40, and 50°F.

This is not a freezer, even though it’s advertised to be able to go below freezing.

The temperature these kinds of coolers can get down to depends a lot on the outside temperature.

I wouldn’t depend on it to keep food frozen, but to keep food cold it’s perfect.

There are also two warming modes to keep food hot if you are transporting food that needs to stay warm. It has settings for 130 or 140°F.

There’s an LED screen on the front with buttons you can use to change the temperature settings, see the current temperature, and the battery levels.

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There’s also a USB port you can use to charge devices.

The capacity is 21 quarts (20 liters). It can fit up to 30 regular sized cans.

It measures 24 1/2 inches long, 13 3/8 inches wide, and 14 5/8 inches tall. It weighs 32 lbs when empty.

There are two wheels and a large handle built in so you can wheel it around.

There are a lot of 12 volt fridges and coolers on the market today, but not very many of them can be powered with batteries.

The Makita Portable Cooler is an awesome choice for campers, RVers, travelers, and anyone who has Makita drill batteries.

dewalt drill with a 20v max battery that can be used to power different rv and camping gadgets
The powerful Dewalt 20V Max drill battery can power a lot of different gadgets for RV and camping.

Conclusion About Drill Battery Powered Gadgets

It’s unfortunate that the products you are going to be able to use are limited to the brand of drill batteries you have, but most companies have at least the basics available.

It’s surprising how many different gadgets power tool companies make, and they’re a great way to make use of those awesome lithium drill batteries you probably don’t use very often.

All of the products in this article are made by the original power tool companies.

I haven’t included any 3rd party options but there are a lot out there if you want to look for more kinds of gadgets.

My recommendation is to stick with the original brands if you want quality and to keep your drill batteries in good condition.

Have any more questions about camping and RV gadgets that are powered by drill batteries? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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